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GCSE Combined Science

Curriculum Overview

The overarching aim in the pursuit of scientific competency is to prepare students to be active citizens in the wider world in terms of critical engagement with their environment.

Our intent is for all students to develop a curiosity and a scientific understanding of the world around them and the ability to think critically about information presented to them.

We want them to be aware of the role of science and technology in the modern world and that our understanding nowadays is built on the research carried out by Scientists from many different cultures and civilizations throughout history.

How will I be assessed?

In Year 10, students complete one end of topic test per topic. They are assigned an approximate GCSE grade based on approximate grade boundaries.

Students complete one assessed exam question per topic. This is an extended written question which is marked but not graded. Students also complete an end of year 10 mock exam in June/July. 

In Year 11, students complete mock examinations in November and February. Usually they will complete a full set of paper 1 papers in November, and paper 2 papers in February.

Students complete 6 terminal exams at the end of Year 11 (2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics). The results of these determine their final overall grades in Combined Science.

Important Overview Documents

Curriculum Rationale
Learning Steps - Biology
Learning Steps - Chemistry
Learning Steps - Physics
Road Map 

Modules

Biology - Cells and Organisation

Knowledge Organiser - B1
Knowledge Organiser - B2
Knowledge Organiser - B3
Knowledge Organiser - B4

Personal Learning Checklist - B1
Personal Learning Checklist - B2
Personal Learning Checklist - B3
Personal Learning Checklist - B4

Past Paper

Biology - Disease and Bioenergetics

Knowledge Organiser - B5
Knowledge Organiser - B6
Knowledge Organiser - B7
Knowledge Organiser - B8
Knowledge Organiser - B9

Personal Learning Checklist - B5
Personal Learning Checklist - B6
Personal Learning Checklist - B7
Personal Learning Checklist - B8
Personal Learning Checklist - B9

Past Paper

Biology - Biological Responses

Knowledge Organiser - B10
Knowledge Organiser - B11
Personal Learning Checklist - B10
Personal Learning Checklist - B11
Past Paper

Biology - Genetics and Reproduction

Knowledge Organiser - B12
Knowledge Organiser - B13
Knowledge Organiser - B14

Personal Learning Checklist - B12
Personal Learning Checklist - B13
Personal Learning Checklist - B14

Past Paper

Biology - Ecology

Knowledge Organiser - B15
Knowledge Organiser - B16
Knowledge Organiser - B17

Personal Learning Checklist - B15
Personal Learning Checklist - B16
Personal Learning Checklist - B17

Past Paper

Chemistry - Atoms, Bonding and Moles

Knowledge Organiser - C1
Knowledge Organiser - C2
Knowledge Organiser - C3
Knowledge Organiser - C4

Personal Learning Checklist - C1
Personal Learning Checklist - C2
Personal Learning Checklist - C3
Personal Learning Checklist - C4

Past Paper

Chemistry - Chemical Reactions and Energy Changes

Knowledge Organiser - C5
Knowledge Organiser - C6
Knowledge Organiser - C7

Personal Learning Checklist - C5
Personal Learning Checklist - C6
Personal Learning Checklist - C7

Past Paper

Chemistry - Rates, Equilibrium and Organic Chemistry

Knowledge Organiser - C8
Knowledge Organiser - C9
Personal Learning Checklist - C8
Personal Learning Checklist - C9
Past Paper

Chemistry - Analysis and the Earth's Resources

Knowledge Organiser - C10
Knowledge Organiser - C11
Knowledge Organiser - C12

Personal Learning Checklist - C10
Personal Learning Checklist - C11
Personal Learning Checklist - C12

Past Paper

Physics - Energy and Energy Resources

Knowledge Organiser - P1
Knowledge Organiser - P2
Knowledge Organiser - P3

Personal Learning Checklist - P1
Personal Learning Checklist - P2
Personal Learning Checklist - P3

Past Paper

Physics - Particles at Work

Knowledge Organiser - P4
Knowledge Organiser - P5
Knowledge Organiser - P6
Knowledge Organiser - P7

Personal Learning Checklist - P4
Personal Learning Checklist - P5
Personal Learning Checklist - P6
Personal Learning Checklist - P7

Past Paper

Physics - Forces in Action

Knowledge Organiser - P8
Knowledge Organiser - P9
Knowledge Organiser - P10

Personal Learning Checklist - P8
Personal Learning Checklist - P9
Personal Learning Checklist - P10

Past Paper

Physics - Waves, Electromagnetism and Space

Knowledge Organiser - P11
Knowledge Organiser - P12
Knowledge Organiser - P13

Personal Learning Checklist - P11
Personal Learning Checklist - P12
Personal Learning Checklist - P13

Past Paper

Useful Links

https://sites.google.com/stberns.bristol.sch.uk/gcsescience
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z8r997h 
https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-4/subjects/combined-science